| Khal Baharulalam |
THE Muslim community in Brunei Darussalam has been urged not to let outside influence shake them off their stance on their Islamic values, especially with the ongoing tragedies that have tarnished the name of Islam.
This was brought up by Syariah High Court Judge Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Metussin bin Haji Baki at a Social Issues Seminar amidst presenting his working paper titled “Hudud Punishments as Lessons and Teachings” yesterday at the Centrepoint Hotel.
Given the growing misconceptions on Islam due to recent global events due to misguided teachings resulting in extremism amongst some Muslim communities, the High Court Judge clarified, “There is no such thing as a Holy War in Islam,” essentially dismissing Jihad as a declaration of war against other religions.
“In Islam, the term Jihad is defined as the strive within oneself to carry out one’s Islamic duties. It is not defined as the Holy War,” he said, adding that Muslims should not follow misguided teachings, but adhere to the three components of fulfilling one’s Islamic duties: Faith, Piety and Morals.
It is also vital that Muslims be sentient that liberalism, pluralism and secularism are not part of Islamic teachings.
“That is when the image of Islam becomes tarnished, when Muslims are misguided by values of devious teachings,” he added.